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Friday, March 5, 2010

Unencumbered by convention Ahn Trio plays JDHS auditorium Saturday
The Ahn Trio doesn't put many limits on what they can do. Though they are most often described as modern classical musicians, the three sisters - violinist Angella, cellist Maria and pianist Lucia - have a very broad focus in their musical selections, allowing themselves the freedom to be guided by their love of many genres, their appreciation for new works and the pure enjoyment of playing together.

Floyd Dryden students to give concerts this week
Floyd Dryden Middle School will hold a string orchestra and choir concert at 6.30 p.m. Tuesday March 9, at Thunder Mountain High School. Floyd Dryden's band concert will take place the next night, March 10, at the same time.

'Seasons of Subsistence' photo exhibit among First Friday shows
The following art openings are scheduled for Friday night at various locations downtown and in the Mendenhall Valley.

Youth Choir, Bach Society to perform this weekend
The Alaska Youth Choir, in concert with the Bach Society, will present "Why We Sing" this Saturday, March 6, beginning at 7 p.m. at Northern Light United Church.

Songwriter showcase slated for Friday
Ike Sheldon and Nate Gawron of the award-winning The Wilders Country Band will perform Friday for the first in a series of songwriter showcases at the Gold Town Nickelodeon movie theater.

Statewide Poetry Out Loud champion announced
Jessica Wilder, of Chugiak High School, won the Alaska State Poetry Out Loud Championship held Feb. 23 at the Juneau Arts & Culture Center.

Reel Films event showcases local cinematic talent
This Saturday, March 6, at the Juneau Arts & Culture Center, an array of local films will be shown as part of Merrysmith Filmworks' Reel Films event. Screenings will begin at 7 and 8:30 p.m.

Gold Street fundraising concert to be held Saturday
Gold Street Music will hold their final concert of the season at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 6, at Resurrection Lutheran Church, 740 W. 10th St., downtown.

Craft addiction to craft business
So, you're a crafter with a product that you know is fantastic (because the orders from friends and family keep rolling in), and you want to take the next step and sell to someone you don't know. You've answered some of the questions from part 1 of this series (the who, what, why and when of selling) and you're ready. What's next?

Tracy Morgan fans will get a kick out of 'Cop Out'
H owever you feel about the action-comedy-buddy-cop genre (think "Lethal Weapon," "Rush Hour"), you have to admit the on-paper mix of "Cop Out" is intriguing. Kevin Smith, who when he isn't being kicked off planes for being too fat (that happened) is busy writing the scripts he eventually shoots, directs from someone else's screenplay. Not counting "Dogma," which had some action, it is also a completely new type of movie for Smith. He loves dialogue and lots of characters.

'Cannabis North': A fictional piece with a political message
Political activism and fiction come together in Douglas resident Dick Callahan's new book, "Cannabis North." Centering on the cannabis trade in Alaska, the book took Callahan three years to write and was begun after the author had an inspired moment in 2006.

Group dedicated to spurring job growth in Southeast Alaska
I'm a board member of the First Things First Alaska Foundation. We are an educational 501(c)(3) tax deductible organization and our mission is to disseminate information about the Southeast Alaska economy and the jobs it creates.

Congress should ask what is reasonable in Sealaska land bill
The Sealaska lands bill in Congress is unprecedented in a number of ways, as it ought to be, given the complexity of the ANCSA and the underlying issues.

UA candidates visit Juneau
Two University of Alaska presidency hopefuls were introduced to Juneau on Wednesday, along with one who needed no introduction.

Marine Advisory Program faces cuts
Coastal businesses are rallying around the Alaska Sea Grant's Marine Advisory Program, hoping to allay cuts to the popular program.

Girl with diabetes to receive some canine help
ANCHORAGE - Type 1 diabetes, the kind children get, is a frightening diagnosis for any parent, with the threat that an undetected drop in blood sugar could cause a seizure or even a coma during the night when everyone's sleeping.

Medical, non-medical volunteers needed for spring health fairs
JUNEAU - Alaska Health Fair Inc. is coordinating two health fairs in Juneau this spring, the Legislative Health Fair on March 18 and the Juneau Community Spring Health Fair on April 24 at the Nugget Mall.

Dietitians to host family fun night on nutrition
JUNEAU - Three SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium dietitians will host a free family fun night on nutrition from 6 to 7 p.m. March 11 at Centennial Hall.

Lemon Creek hosts sex offender treatment program
The Department of Corrections has started the state's first sex offender treatment program in a prison in seven years at the Lemon Creek Correctional Center.

Historic shipwreck open house scheduled for today
The U.S. Coast Guard will send a dive team Monday to the underwater tomb of the Princess Kathleen to further assess the integrity of its fuel tanks and estimate how much oil is left aboard the vessel.

Halibut managers seek ways to study bycatch
As the commercial halibut season prepares to open Saturday, running through Nov. 15, fishery managers are still discussing the best way to measure the impact of bycatch and what it means to other harvests in the Northwest Pacific.

New aquatic center hosts design contest
JUNEAU - Got a graphic idea that encapsulates the essence of the Dimond Park Aquatic Center?

Photo: Steady progress
Crews work on the downtown parking garage being constructed at the corner of EganDrive and Main Street on Thursday morning.

Police & Fire
Juneau police and fire officials reported:

Photo: Rallying for key bill
Members and supporters of the Key Coalition of Alaska march up Main Street for a rally Wednesday on the Capitol steps. The Key Coalition advocates for disabilities and community disability services and is supporting Senate Bill 32, which would provide medical assistance payments for home and community-based services.

Police & Fire
Juneau police and fire officials reported:

Sitka campus offers Trauma Nursing Core course
SITKA — The University of Alaska Southeast and SEREMS will offer a 16-hour Trauma Nursing Core course March 16 and 17 at the Sitka campus.

Brian 'BoJack' Jackson
Former Juneau resident Brian Gerald Jackson died Feb. 26, 2010, at Valley Hospital in Las Vegas. He was 41.

Michael Lance Jackson
Juneau resident Michael Lance Jackson died unexpectedly March 2, 2010, in Juneau.

Miranda isn't forever
The following editorial appeared in the Los Angeles Times:

Progress made during first half of '10 session
The second session of the 26th Alaska Legislature is now at the halfway point, and the House is closing out the operating budget. This is a good time to give an update on issues important to Juneau.

Denali's wolves: A history of loss
I'll never forget seeing the black alpha male and small gray female of the East Fork wolves in Denali National Park that day. I was walking up the road near Polychrome Pass and looked behind me to see three wolves coming my way. It was a hot day, their heads hung low as they plodded along the dusty road. While they simply looked out of the corner of their eyes, seemingly uninterested in my presence, it was one of the most memorable experiences I have ever had in Denali. Little did I know it would be the last time I would ever see these wolves again.

Ski area staying out of economic 'deep end'
When the temperature in Juneau ventures into the mid-40s and rain pelts from above, heading to Eaglecrest Ski Area doesn't seem like an attractive idea for local residents.

Grooming report
As of March 4 the following Nordic trails are groomed and tracked for both skate andclassic skiing:

Biking green for First Friday at UAS
JUNEAU - In an effort to raise awareness about sustainability, students at the University of Alaska Southeast have organized a First Friday bike ride that will be the culminating event to the school's first-ever Green Week.

Spring season ski passes now on sale
JUNEAU - For anyone looking to take advantage of spring skiing or snowboarding at Eaglecrest, now's the time.

Fireside Lecture tonight on estuaries
JUNEAU - Tonight tune in to the latest Fireside Lecture at the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center titled "Where Saltwater Meets Freshwater" beginning at 6:30 p.m.

'Women only' day at Eaglecrest Ski Area
JUNEAU - The Snowsports school at Eaglecrest Ski Area is holding a women's only clinic Saturday, March 6.

Water aerobics instructor training class offered
JUNEAU - A water aerobics training course will be offered Wednesday, March 17 at Augustus Brown Swimming Pool for those interested in learning how to become an instructor.

Voices of the Wilderness program calling for artists
JUNEAU - The Forest Service is looking for willing artists to participate in the 2010 Voices of the Wilderness, an artist-in-residency program on the Tongass National Forest.

Learn to cast - fly fishing style
JUNEAU - The Juneau Community Schools is offering an indoor, two-night fly casting course in the Thunder Mountain High School gym on March 9 and 11 at 7 p.m.

Juneau consumer education courses offered in energy efficiency
JUNEAU - The Alaska Craftsman Home Program is offering free courses in energy efficiency for consumers interested in the Alaska Home Energy Rebate Program.

Ice ax self-arrest practice session
JUNEAU - The Juneau Alpine Club has organized an ice ax self-arrest practice session for Saturday, March 6 in the vicinity of the Mt. Roberts Tram.

BBBS' 'Bowl For Kids' is back
JUNEAU - Big Brothers Big Sisters of Juneau is hosting "Bowl for Kids Sake" on Saturday, March 13.

Local water system to undergo work
JUNEAU - City and Borough of Juneau Water Utility officials will be flushing the local water distribution system beginning Monday, March 15.

New law in effect for firearms in Alaska National Parks
A change in federal law, effective Feb. 22, allows people who can legally possess firearms under federal, state and local laws to possess those firearms in National Park units in Alaska.

Tips from the pro
JUNEAU - Manuel Genswein from Meilen Switzerland conducted a two-day avalanche response training course with members from Juneau Ski Patrol, Alaska Avalanche Specialists, Capitol City Fire/Rescue Rope Rescue Team, SEADOGS, Kensington Mine employees and Juneau Mountain Rescue at Eaglecrest Ski Area Feb. 20 and 21.

Southeast area communities named Tree Cities USA
JUNEAU - Juneau, Sitka and the Ketchikan Gateway Borough have been re-certified by the National Arbor Day Foundation as "Tree Cities USA."

Merrill Jensen to talk on livelihood of Seward Peninsula
Merrill Jensen has combined his profession as a horticulturist with his hobby as a photographer in an upcoming lecture he'll lead on the "Flora and Fauna of the Seward Peninsula" Thursday, March 11, at the University of Alaska Southeast.

Carnivorous shrews live in the 'fast lane'
There are almost 400 species of shrews in the world, on every continent but Australia. Superficially, they look a bit like mice or voles, except for a pointed snout and, mouse-like, they scuttle about on the forest floor. But there the resemblance ends.

Juneau Raptor Center new bird: 'Fireside'
Type of bird: Barred Owl (Strix varia).

On the hook
Show us your big fish

Sitka group offers 'garden match' plan
SITKA - Do you have a planting bed that you don't have the time or energy to cultivate?

Wild shots
One off the bucket list: It took Juneau resident Kenneth Gill two hours and 30 minutes to reach the end of the snow-covered Herbert River trail.

Tides
Today, March 5

Iditarod winner's take slashed nearly $20,000
ANCHORAGE - The winner's take in the upcoming Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race will be nearly $20,000 less than last year's top prize.

Name of man shot by officers released
ANCHORAGE - Anchorage police have released the name of a man shot to death by two officers responding to a domestic violence call.

Public employees union criticizes data loss deal
JUNEAU - A union representing 8,000 Alaska government workers is calling on the state to renegotiate terms of an identity theft settlement with the firm responsible for losing personal data of 77,000 current and former public employees.

Begich says leave port out of critical habitat
ANCHORAGE - Alaska's congressmen are weighing in on the federal government's consideration of critical habitat for endangered Cook Inlet beluga whales.

Police seek 'person of interest' in shooting death
ANCHORAGE - Anchorage police are circulating the photo of a man who may be connected to a fatal shooting at Alaska's busiest mall.

Work to start on city's water system
JUNEAU - The City and Borough of Juneau Water Utility will begin flushing the water distribution system in the city March 15.

Campbell favors disclosure in campaign ads
ANCHORAGE - Lt. Gov. Craig Campbell says he doesn't think there should be limits on money spent by corporations or unions in supporting or opposing candidates. But he says he believes in disclosure.

Gates Foundation awards $900,000 to Alaska group
ANCHORAGE - The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has awarded $900,000 to an Alaska foundation to support educational programs for low-income and minority populations.

Anchorage approves alcoholic housing plan
ANCHORAGE - The Anchorage Assembly voted Tuesday night to approve so-called "housing first" facilities for alcoholics.

Public comment on beluga habitat ends
ANCHORAGE - Wednesday is the last day to submit comments about the proposed critical habitat for beluga whales in Cook Inlet.

Police: Fairbanks man used bogus checks for trucks
FAIRBANKS - A 22-year-old former soldier is making a habit of trying to buy trucks with forged checks in Fairbanks, police said.

Trooper kills armed man in Golovin
GOLOVIN - An Alaska State Trooper shot and killed an armed man after a confrontation in the village of Golovin along Alaska's western coast.

Plans call for back-to-back open seasons
ANCHORAGE - Back-to-back open seasons are expected for competing natural gas pipelines in Alaska.

2 die in Parks Highway crash
ANCHORAGE - Alaska State Troopers say two people are confirmed dead in a Parks Highway crash.

Troxels liquor license remains in limbo
JUNEAU - The Alcohol Beverage Control Board has deferred a decision on the liquor license of the Breakwater Inn Restaurant and Lounge, also known as Troxels Steak and Seafood, until its next quarterly meeting.

Police investigate bike trail shooting
ANCHORAGE - Anchorage police say a 27-year-old man was shot in the leg Thursday.

Capitol quieting down for Energy Council break
JUNEAU - It's getting quiet at the state Capitol, with at least 20 lawmakers heading to Washington for an annual meeting of the Energy Council.

ACS lays off 21 in Fairbanks
FAIRBANKS - Alaska Communications Systems has laid off 21 Fairbanks employees.

Kings end Falcon boys', girls' seasons
There won't be an all-Juneau battle for a state tournament bid. Not this year, at least.

Tompkins owns World Cup downhill, wins gold, globe for year-end points title
He's on fire. Figuratively speaking, of course, but you could say he's going out in a blaze of glory.

Photos: 2A hoops tourney

Tompkins disqualified, Paralympic team announced
Juneau monoskier Joe Tompkins was disqualified in the Super Combined race at the IPC Alpine Skiing World Cup Finals on Thursday in Apen, Colo.

Photo: Skagway tops Kake, 39-31

Boozer increases scholarshipsfor camp
Utah Jazz forward and Juneau-Douglas High School alum Carlos Boozer has donated 60 scholarships to his basketball camp through United Way of Southeast Alaska in order to encourage kids to learn about the game of basketball, as well as building teamwork and healthy exercise.

64th Gold Medal Tourney season passes available
Season passes for the upcoming 64th Annual invitational Gold Medal Basketball Tournament will go on sale at both Juneau locations of Hearthside Books starting March 1.

Dimond Park Aquatic Center holds design contest
The Dimond Park Aquatic Center broke ground in the Valley last fall with an expected opening in March 2011.

JDHS girls, boys both hold on to beat Kings
The Juneau-Douglas girls' basketball team nearly squandered a 13-point lead Wednesday in the second round of the Southeast Conference region tournament before regrouping for a 61-57 victory over archrival Ketchikan.

Parnell touts scholarship plan at Native forum in Juneau
Gov. Sean Parnell's proposal for scholarships got both applause and some skeptical questions during his first address at the Alaska Native Brotherhood Hall since becoming governor.

Juneau pilot survives crash in Utah mountains
SALT LAKE CITY - One crew member remained in critical condition Thursday and another crew member's condition improved after a Coast Guard helicopter crashed in the Utah mountains.

Boy dies after slipping under ice
FAIRBANKS - Emergency responders have recovered the body of an 11-year-old boy who fell off a snowmobile and slipped under the ice of the Chena River near downtown Fairbanks.

Palin begins work on new book
NEW YORK - Sarah Palin is ready for the next chapter of her publishing career.

Fairbanks land deal secures space for new $75 million medical center
FAIRBANKS - A land deal with the city of Fairbanks will allow a $75 million medical center project for Natives and American Indians to move forward.

Salazar picks Alaska for regional climate center
ANCHORAGE - Interior Secretary Ken Salazar announced Thursday that Alaska will be the site of the first of the department's eight planned regional climate science centers.

Report faults fuel lever in 2008 helicopter crash
ANCHORAGE - A 2008 helicopter crash that killed three Alaska state workers and a pilot likely was caused by a passenger bumping a fuel lever into an emergency position, causing the turbine engine to "overspeed" and lose power, according a federal investigation released Wednesday.

Russian scientists offer walrus advice during visit
POINT HOPE - As the sea ice thins and more walrus haul out on shore, coastal Alaska villages may want to look at what's happening across the pond in Russia, where enormous haulouts close to human settlements have been the new normal in recent years.

Anchorage to pay $193,000 for late mayor's insurance
ANCHORAGE - The Anchorage Assembly has agreed to pay $193,000 to meet the obligation for a one-of-a-kind life insurance deal the city made 28 years ago after Mayor George Sullivan left office.

Another interceptor missile at Fort Greely
FAIRBANKS - Another interceptor missile has been installed at Fort Greely.

$150M plan for Providence hospital in Anchorage
ANCHORAGE- Providence Alaska Medical Center plans a $150 million dollar expansion.

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